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Relatives of people who died of COVID in nursing homes demand Cuomo’s resignation

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Family members of people who died of COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes are demanding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s immediate resignation over reports his administration withheld data about the deadly outbreaks.

At least 150 people who lost loved ones in the state’s hard-hit nursing homes over the last year signed a blistering letter from advocacy group Voices for Seniors sent to the governor on Thursday, The Post has learned.

“It is clear that you put your own political reputation and personal profit above the wellbeing of our most vulnerable family members,” the letter charges.

“We are calling on you to resign immediately because you have abused the office of the Governor and failed to uphold your duty to care for New Yorkers.”

Led by Vivian Zayas, whose mom died in a Long Island nursing home, the group said it had been “devastated” by the state Health Department’s controversial March 25 directive that sent recovering coronavirus patients back into nursing homes.

The group was then “horrified” to learn of the Cuomo administration’s alleged cover-up of the total number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

Families of COVID-19 victims who passed away in New York nursing homes gathered in front of the Cobble Hill Heath Center in Oct. 2020 to demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to clusters in nursing homes during the pandemic.
Families of COVID-19 victims who passed away in New York nursing homes gathered in front of the Cobble Hill Heath Center in Oct. 2020 to demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to clusters in nursing homes during the pandemic.
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“You refuse to take the most basic steps to protect our family members in nursing homes,” they wrote to Cuomo.

“Now, our seniors are languishing in isolation and depression, and we don’t know when we’ll get the we’ll get the dreaded call that our loved one has passed away.”

The family members noted that many of them had voted for the powerful three-term Democrat in the past, but had since “painfully learned that you have not used your position to care for families like ours.”

“We have shared in the pain of losing loved ones, and the pain of not saying good-bye to our parents and grandparents face-to-face,” they wrote.

“We urge you to take responsibility for the immense pain you have caused us and resign from the office you are no longer fit to serve.”

The scathing letter comes as Cuomo also faces calls for his resignation over  allegations that he groped and sexually harassed several female aides.

More than 55 Democratic state legislators have called for the governor to resign — and the Assembly speaker appears to be laying the groundwork for beginning impeachment proceedings.

The Governor’s Office didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Post about the letter.

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